School of Rock: An Interview with GRAMMY Museum Executive Michelle Klein

Michelle Klein’s brings history to life as the Membership Manager of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE inmichelle-klein downtown Los Angeles. She is responsible for maintaining and growing the museum’s membership base by working with current and potential donors across the country. There are about 2,500 annual members of the GRAMMY Museum and their gifts, in the form of membership packages, range from $60.00-$25,000.

Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University with a major in history and a minor in public relations with the intent of becoming a teacher. After earning her Master’s degree in museum studies and working as an intern in museum education, visitor services, gallery management, and development, Michelle pursued a career as a museum professional because “these experiences helped cement my interest in the field and ensured I was on the right path.”

There are two major fundraising events each year, the Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in the spring and the Architects of Sound Gala in the fall, which are held at larger, off-site venues.  Michelle and her team spend months planning for these events and the most difficult part is choosing the artist honorees to recognize at the biannual functions. Once the artist and the date are confirmed, Michelle works to finalize the guest list, invitation design, menu selection, and performing artists.

The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles

Being the Membership Manager does have its privileges. Michelle has been invited to attend the GRAMMY’s and has met a handful of famous artists at the Museum, such as Annie Lennox, Donovan, and The Goo Goo Dolls.  Michelle encourages young women who would like to work in the music industry to “maintain your professional relationships and identify individuals that are able and willing to mentor you throughout your career. Success requires hard work, a strong vision, a detailed plan, patience and flexibility.”

Michelle grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and currently resides in Long Beach, California. In her spare time enjoys, skiing, the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, painting, traveling, and visiting historic sites and new cities.

Contributor: Judy McDevitt

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